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Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-008EX Digital POCKETSTUDIO is a great choice. Jot down all of the key components to your songs using this professional... Read More

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Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-008EX Digital POCKETSTUDIO is a great choice. Jot down all of the key components to your songs using this professional sounding multi-track recorder. Be ready wherever creativity strikes.

Built-In High-Quality Stereo Condenser Microphones
The DP-008EX comes with two condenser microphones built directly in the front of the unit so you can record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or setup time. TASCAM held many evaluation tests to secure the best sounding microphones and structures. Modeled after the top-selling DR Series microphones, you can be assured you're receiving top-quality. Moreover the DP-008EX was designed with a tripod mount for versatile set-up and placement.

Simple and Easy-to-Use Interface
The DP-008EX is designed for on-the-spot recording. No unnecessary features were included that might complicate the recording to ensure easy functionality. Designed with analog functionality and dedicated control knobs the DP-008EX POCKETSTUDIO is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpads on the market.

Ultra Light Weight Design
Carry It with you everywhere in your gig bag. The DP-008EX features ultra lightweight designs to ensure portability. It weighs in at only 360g (without AA batteries).

Two Analog Inputs for External Mics and Electric/Acoustic Guitar, etc.
The DP-008EX has two input terminals by phone-jack, these terminals provide to connect an external microphone, an electric-acoustic guitar and a line-level device like a synthesizer. Alternately with the help of a conversion cable you can connect a tablet device like the iPad (conversion cable is not included).

Record to SD/SDHC Card (up to 32GB), High-Speed Data Transfer via USB2.0
Both models record to widely available SD/SDHC card media (2GB card included). In addition, both models can connect to PCs via USB2.0 for high-speed data transferring. All song ideas can be transferred via USB or SD card readers to and from the units at any point in the recording process. Files can be used in correspondence with DAWs.

Two XLR Inputs with Full +48V Phantom Power
The DP-008EX can supply phantom power for condenser microphones, even when operated with AA batteries. (Notice: Operating time becomes shorter when used with phantom power supply.)

Grab Your Ideal Sounds with Insert Effects for All Inputs
The DP-008EX is designed with insert effects for all input channels. Insert effects include EQ, compressor, de-esser and exciter. For vocal recording, you can use the EQ to boost your desired frequency range, and compress your tracks to normalize your song.

2-Band Shelving EQ for Each Track
Demo song needs the same high-quality as final masters. The DP-008EX has separately adjustable 2-band EQ for each track. Hi-range EQ can be adjusted from 1.7kHz to 18kHz, Low-range EQ can be adjusted from 32Hz to 1.6kHz.

Ideal for Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, etc. Utilize the DP-008EX's Built-In Effects
The DP-008EX has six different types of reverb to help tailor your ideal sounding vocals to any style song. Easily set your reverb with dedicated control knobs for each track. Reverb effects include: Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2. Reverb time and master level can both be adjusted.

Eliminate the Need for Any Other Products with Built-In Mastering Effects
The DP-008EX's built-in mastering effects will provide high-quality master-like file creation. The mastering effects include 2-band EQ, Multi-band compressor and Normalize effect. Finalize dynamic and powerful sounding songs by utilizing the DP-008EX's mastering effects.

The Auto Analysis Mastering Function Allows Easy Track Mastering
Anyone using the DP-008EX can easily master tracks with the Auto Analysis Mastering tool. In one step, select a mastering style, NATURAL or MAXIMUM, then the DP-008EX will make the calculation based on analysis of the song data.

  • Eight mono tracks
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ eight tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • Two built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 2-positions (Low/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" or XLR mic/line inputs
  • INPUT A can connect high-impedance instrument directly (Like an electric-guitar)
  • Phantom power supply
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN/Reverb SEND knobs for each track
  • Two RCA unbalanced line inputs
  • 20mW/ch headphone output
  • Footswitch ready with polarity switching (Notice: can't use RC-3F)
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD with backlight
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 6.5 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Insert effects for input channels (2-band shelving EQ, compressor, exciter, de-esser)
  • Mastering effects (2-band shelving EQ, multi-band compressor, normalize)
  • Auto analysis mastering function
  • 2-band shelving EQ for each track
  • Reverb effects (Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2)
  • Optional AC adapter ready (TASCAM PS-P520)
  • Can connect an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Direct locate function by jogwheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included
  • High-speed data transfer by USB2.0 connection
  • Backup and restore songs
  • File import/export by Wav format (mono/stereo)
  • Export stereo master file as stereo wav format
  • 2GB SD card included
  • Recording media: SD card (512MB-2GB), SDHC card (4GB-32GB)
  • File system: TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
  • XLR
  • Connectors: XLR-3-31(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), BALANCED
  • Input impedance: 2.4kohms
  • Nominal input level: -8dBu
  • Maximum input level: +8dBu
  • 1/4" TS-jack
  • Connectors: 6.3mm (1/4") TS-jack, UNBALANCED
  • Input impedance: 10kOhms or more (INPUT A:MIC/LINE), 1MΩ (INPUT A:GUITAR)
  • Nominal input level: -10dBV
  • Maximum input level: +6dBV
  • Headroom: 16dB
  • Built-in microphones: Omni-directional condenser microphone x 2
  • Connectors: RCA pin-jack
  • Nominal output level: -10dBV
  • Maximum output level: +6dBV
  • Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
  • Maximum output level: 20mW+20mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
  • USB
  • Connectors: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
  • Format: USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
  • Continuous battery operation time
  • Alkaline battery (EVOLTA) About 5.5H (Using line input/recording) About 6H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Nickel-metal battery (eneloop) About 6.5H (Using line input/recording) About 7H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Power: Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
  • Power consumption: 2.4W (Maximum)
  • Dimensions: 221 (W)×44.3(H)×126.5(D)mm
  • Weight: 610g (without batteries)
  • Operating temperature: 5-35˚C
  • Backup memory: In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Power Save", "Contrast", "Back Light" and "FootSW Polarity". Contents of INPUT SETTING (Without EQ)
  • Accessories: 2GB SD card, AA battery x4, USB cable (80cm), Warranty card, Owner's manual
  • Operating system requirements
  • Windows
  • OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Macintosh
  • OS Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (V10.6.8),OS X Lion (V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (V10.8)
  • Audio performance
  • Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
  • Distortion Less than 0.05% (INPUT LINE to LINE OUT)
  • S/N ratio More than 81dB (INPUT MIC/LINE to LINE OUT)
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


I LOVE this thing!


from Jasper, GA

I have only had it for a week, but so far it has been exactly what I was looking for. I have recorded using Audacity on my computer, but found it complicated and unsatisfactory, so I stopped using it. The DP-008 is easy to set up and start recording. There is a quick-start section in the manual which had me up and running in minutes. There are a lot of settings with which I haven't experimented yet, but I have recorded a few rhythm tracks so I can practice lead over. I can keep the leads I like and re-do the ones that didn't quite work. The playback quality is just fine to my ears. You will need headphones. The unit feels like a quality piece of electronics, the knobs don't feel cheap and the menus are logical. And it is easily portable, although a quality padded carrying case would be a nice addition. I bought the A/C adapter, but I haven't used it yet.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great for "sketching" song ideas


from Milwaukee WI

This recorder is easy to use for writing music and makes good sounding recordings. It's fairly easy to navigate menus and has dedicated buttons for the most used functions. Limited "tweaking" forces you to concentrate on writing music.

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Just received.


from Henderson, NV.

Well right out if the gate it seems very complicated, probably not for younger musicians that have the time to figure this all out however. It does not come with a DC 5 Volt plug in cord which is a real disappointment. There is also no website link or DVD video which explains the tips and tricks, just a small 91 page owners pamphlet in relatively small print so you are left to figure it all out on your own. I am quite sure it works just fine, it is just a matter of figuring out the complications before enjoying the unit and actually then focusing on the song at hand. Unlike the previous analog era technology which was a breeze in comparison. Good luck!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect Little Studio For So Little Money


from Gorham, Maine

I've had my Tascam DP 8 for about 3 years and I love it. With 8 tracks, you can work out your songs with harmonies, stereo drums, 2 guitars, bass and lead vocal- all the basics that 4 tracks won't get you. This is fairly easy though I have to keep the manual handy because I don't use this real often. The reverb is decent and adjustable. My mic is a fairly inexpensive MXL 990 condenser and my mixer was a Mackie 1402. What I really love about this Tascam is that it's is simple enough so that someone like myself can focus on the music and not have to muster up a lot of patience learning software or endless menus. I tried the Boss recorder with the built in drums and had to give up. For simple drums (at only about 130 bucks) just get an Alesis SR 16 (unless you can play drums) The built in mice make it easy to use to just capture your ideas before you forget them. This is a convenient tool for arranging your music and it's good enough to even make simple demos if you have some other recording equipment. You can hear my recordings at mplourde dot com.

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